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Travel Signatures

F-1 students, J-1 students, J-1 scholars and their dependents are required to have valid travel signatures on their I-20 or DS-2019 form when returning to the U.S. to continue their study or employment.

J-1 scholars and J-1 students whose DS-2019 form is not issued by ASU must contact their J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsor in regards to their travel signature.

Travel Signature Validity

Status

Document

Length of Travel Signature Validity

F-1 enrolled student and F-2 dependent

Page 2 of I-20

Valid for 12 months from date signed or until the I-20 expiration date, whichever comes first

F-1 Post-completion OPT student and F-2 dependent

Page 2 of I-20

Valid for 6 months from date signed or the EAD card expiration date, whichever comes first

J-1 scholar, J-1 student, and J-2 dependent

Page 1 of DS-2019

Valid for 12 months from date signed or until the DS-2019 expiration date, whichever comes first

Request a Travel Signature

Visa Type

Travel Signature Request Method

F-1 student

Submit the F-1 Student Services eForm to request a travel signature.

J-1 degree-seeking student or exchange student through the ASU Student Abroad Office (ASU issued your DS-2019)

Submit the J-1 Student Services eForm to request a travel signature.

J-1 student (ASU did not issue your DS-2019)

Contact your J-1 Program Sponsor to request a travel signature.

J-1 scholar (ASU issued your DS-2019)

Email InternationalScholars@asu.edu at least two weeks prior to your travel to schedule an appointment with an international scholar advisor.

 For more information on documents needed for travel, please go to:

Students traveling outside of the U.S.
Students on post-completion OPT traveling
Scholars traveling outside of the U.S.